The URBAN-WASTE project’s report assessment on the quantification of tourist waste production and the total urban waste production within the project’s pilot cities and regions, has been released last month. It examines the period before the implementation of the URBAN-WASTE strategies.
The goal was to compare previously collected data from European best performers in waste management with figures gathered from the 11 pilot cities. Although only specific kinds of waste (such as packaging, plastic and organic waste) have been evaluated as proper to measure, the report tries to provide an estimate of the waste generation coming from tourist activities. The study investigates the correlation between monthly data on residual waste generation activity and tourism intensity.
Evidence shows that tourists’ residual waste generation amounts to about 1.6 kg to 2.1 kg per overnight stay in the pilot cities. The report also underlines the environmental impact of waste management, while assessing the socio-economic importance of tourism for the pilot cases.
Concerning environmental impacts caused by tourist waste generation it turned out that especially the separate collection and treatment of food waste is a major topic to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Especially for pilot cases where no separate collection of organic waste is foreseen at the moment and residual waste is landfilled without prior treatment, focus of waste prevention and treatment activities has to be laid on food waste.
The outputs of this report should help decision-makers to set specific targets for each city and to provide a set of efficient policy strategies to develop waste prevention, such as through supporting re-usable packaging and re-fillable drink bottles, and appropriate waste management. When it comes to the project’s framework, this report comes right before the pilots start implementing the eco-innovative strategies developed by the project. The report helps understanding the hotpsots and key challenges which the strategies and measures should address.
For further details download the extensive 138 pages report, available here.